Seven months after a fire tore through an abandoned church near Downtown Los Angeles, plans have been filed to redevelop the site with affordable housing.

The project, which would rise at 720 W. Washington Boulevard, calls for the construction of a three-story building featuring 122 residential units reserved for low-income households and parking for 42 vehicles.  Requested entitlements include Transit Oriented Communities affordable housing incentives, including a density bonus and a reduction to a required front yard.

City records list the project applicant as Washington View, LP, an affiliate of Western Pacific Housing.

The property, originally developed in the 1920s, was the longtime home of the Pierce Brothers Mortuary.  The Spanish Colonial Revival building was the first full-service funeral home built in Los Angeles, part of a family-owned chain that eventually expanded to a total of 21 locations.

Past plans had called for the adaptive reuse of the 95-year-old building as 95 affordable housing units, smaller than the current proposal for the site.

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